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Kuwait creating a master plan to address the demographic imbalance

Kuwait creating a master plan to address the demographic imbalance

Foreigners could face a 15-year cap on their living and working in the country

A top Kuwait government committee has presented a master plan to parliament to limit the number of foreigners in the country.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis and increasingly loud cries to address the demographic imbalance in Kuwait, a government committee presented parliament with a masterplan that could establish a 25 per cent population quota for foreigners and a 15-year cap on their living and working in the country.

Parliamentary sources told Al Rai newspaper the plan, which has entered the stage of extensive preparations, and which includes many scenarios that will address the imbalance, including making changes to the residency law, new legislations, implementing a quota system for foreign communities, and an increase in fees imposed on expatriates.

Sources said the plan includes not allowing the visiting visa to be converted into residency; not transferring from the government sector to the private sector; not granting residency to those over 60 years; and setting a 15-year cap on residency for expatriates, as well as imposing additional fees on renewing visas and fees related to other government transactions.

The quota system will be the cornerstone of a comprehensive plan to address the demographic makeup, and it will establish a 25 per cent cap on expatriate communities.

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